The quality of Instagram photos is a major advantage for any blogger. If you take great shots and process them well, more subscribers will want to join you. It doesn't always take a lot of time and professional camera and software to process photos for Instagram.
Some bloggers make quality material only with the help of a smartphone and a free app, and some share knowledge in their courses and webinars. You can learn how filters work in your native app, and then apply them to certain types of shots. Consider Instagram and VSCO filters, add-ons, and editing apps.
Start with a great photo
No amount of editing will fix a photo that was not well shot from the start. You don't have to be a professional photographer to create great shots for Instagram: turn on your phone's camera and learn all the photography tips. We wrote more in Article.
Tips for photo editing
Processing is divided into two stages: basic and special effects. .; Basic implies selective correction and comprises three components:
- Retouching: removal of pimples, unwanted objects, and people accidentally caught in the shot.
- Smoothing: make the skin smoother, without fluctuations and sharp lighting.
- Selective light correction.
First, all the details are worked out in the photograph. The next step is general color correction, and only then can filters be applied and editing completed. .; This is the essence of Instagram photo processing in one style: you match the colors in the shot to the ones you use in your profile. After editing several images, the tape will look harmonious. .; In addition, the following challenges must be addressed:
- improve the photo while preserving the natural look;
- To create an unrealistic atmosphere.
The two options cannot be combined, so it is necessary to decide in advance. You need to be clear about what you want to achieve, so that you don't spend hours in photo editors doing unnecessary things.
What not to do during processing
- Use all the tools in a row in one photo needlessly. A beautiful shot will show your professionalism.
- Spend time on bad shots.
- Make the faces on the portrait unrecognizable (for example, high contrast and darkening), if such an idea is not worth it.
- Keep an eye on the display. Highly illuminated images are overexposed, dark and underexposed. Keep the balance and adjust the light in moderation. If you lower exposure, you need to align colors and contrast later.
- Do not increase sharpness on blurred areas of the image. In some cases, it is simply not needed: in rain or fog, when objects blur.
- Use the brush to work on individual areas that need lightening / dimming, changing temperature and saturation.
- The skyline in the photo should not be flooded. Use Photoshop to correct it.
- Choose the right composition. If a picture is taken with people, you don't have to put them far away and make them barely visible.
- Correct the white balance. This will allow for better color rendering.
- Suppress the noise. It is not worth removing them until the end, in order not to give the photo a polished effect.
- For illuminated photos, increase the contrast. It saturates the colors. But overuse leads to an unnatural appearance.
- Do the right thing. The object in the center of the shot is dull. Arrange it according to the third rule, and the shot will become pleasantly natural.
Keep an eye out for successful bloggers and note the details. Over time, you will learn to avoid mistakes and emphasize the beauty of your photos.
How photo bloggers handle Instagram with VSCO
Here are some well-known bloggers and filters that can be used to achieve a similar style.
- Lydia Elisse Emily @ lydiaemillen. HB1: + 8, exposure: + 1, contrast: + 1.
- Ali Gordon (@ aligordon89): C1: + 7, exposure: + 1, contrast: + 1, M3: + 5.
- Cher Bai (@ chermycloset): SE3: + 8, exposure: + 0.5, contrast: + 1.
Blogger acta. acta processes images with its favorite C7 filter, which works perfectly with skin tones. She uses Lightroom for color correction, Facetune for detail.
And Elina Fedorova (@ elinafedorova) uses filters from category A: A4, A5 and A6. The blogger recommends using one for all photos and having 1-2 more for stock, in case the color setting does not fit well on a particular shot. In Snapseed, the girl adjusts the brightness to no more than + 25, and changes the color balance for more intense colors. In the same app, you can use the tool to remove blemishes from your skin.
Look for information about how your favorite blogger handles a photo. If it doesn't reveal secrets in the public domain, study its photos and experiment with VSCO and some other programs. You may not be able to copy your favorite style completely, but you will find your own, which will be no worse.
How to Process a Photo in VSCO for Instagram: Style Examples
VSCO allows you to process photos in a single style. Now there are many options, and everyone will find an acceptable one.
- Pink style shots by Nina Tailles: .; Filter J3: + 7. .; Exposure: -1.2; .; Saturation: + 1; .; Temperature: -1.3; .; Shades: + 1.6.
- Beige shades: .; HB2: + 3; .; Contrast: + 1; .; Saturation: + 1.
- Blue hues: .; J1; .; Exposition: -1; .; Contrast: + 2; .; Temperature: -2.
- Romantic red: .; E3; .; Exposition: -1; .; Saturation: -1; .; Temperature + 1.
- Black and gold theme: .; C1: + 1; .; Exposition: + 1; .; Contrast: + 1; .; Saturation: + 2.
More settings in VSCO can be found in thematic public relations and groups, including Instagram. A lot of picks on Pinterest.
How to handle Instagram photos beautifully with built-in filters
Filters are color settings. Why is this important? Choose the right preset and the profile will be in the same style. Otherwise, color settings and photos will conflict. .; Take a look at how each image changes.
Normal. This is the original photo without processing. The changes are barely noticeable. The result will remain the same, with no additional effects. .;
Lark. In English, "Lark." Lightens the image and amplifies all colors except red. It is used to edit photos taken in an open space: nature or portrait. It fits perfectly in photos with tanned skin, green trees, and blue skies, though the result is sometimes imperceptible.
Clarendon. Translated from English as "Bold font." Originally created only for video, it is now available for photos. It amplifies shadows and brightens colors. Ideal for pets and photos in minimalist style, where you want to emphasize colors.
Gingham. Umbrella. Blurring the photo. Gives dark shots a yellowish hue. A bright, bright look. Recalls some popular VSCO filters. The photos are becoming vintage. Every fashionista needs one. < / span >
Moon. The moon. A black-and-white filter with intense shadows that will give photos a bright, vintage look. Like Clarendon, it was originally created for video only and is named after the dog of a member of the Instagram team. It's kind of a black-and-white version of Gingham, with slightly more intense shadows. For portraits.
Valencia. A filter with warm shades and a retro atmosphere does not blur the colors completely. The photos are coming from the '80s, a bit lightened up. Used for all images.
Nashville. The pink hue increases the temperature of the shot while brightening it. Similar to Valencia: the same retro effect, but more pronounced. It's another cool setting to create a vintage atmosphere.
Earlybird. It has a sepia effect, applying a special brown colour used in the 19th century to photos, and slightly discolouring and blurring the shades. Needed for a retro atmosphere.
Aden. Filter with low softening contrast. Slightly discolors the image and gives it a pastel effect. Increases the temperature of cold flowers. Smoothes the skin, is useful when processing portraits. Works with glare and autumn photos.
Sutro. Adds a very visible vignette, darkens the photo, gives a nebula effect with a special emphasis on violet and brown colors for effect. They are used with everything except portraits (if the purpose of natural processing is to be achieved). Landscapes are enigmatic and sinister
Crema. It blurs and smoothes skin tones and reduces saturation. Vintage filter. It is popular for shooting food, for transmitting the atmosphere of a cafe. Works well with shots of nature (green, blue) and the city.
Reyes. Discolorizes, increases brightness. Excellent color adjustment for portraits, as it works with skin and hides any stains. In some cases, photos processed in another photo editor may turn yellowish under the action of Reyes.
Lo-Fi. Lightens colors, adds shadows, greatly increases saturation. Needed for shots of food and nature with lots of trees and grass.
Toaster. Adds a strong red hue. Directs a lot of light into the center, thickens shadows around the edges. Works well with photos taken during the day in open space. But night work will fail in this treatment.
Juno. Increases color saturation. Lightens yellow, orange and red hues. Texture appears in the images. Suitable for material made outdoors.
Rise. Adds a soft yellow glow to photos, making it a great filter for portraits. It smoothes the skin and removes excess blemishes on the face.
Slumber. Translated from English, it translates as sleep, slumber. The color setting matches the title, filling the photo with an atmosphere of romance and antiquity. Works well with street lighting and nature.
Brannan. High contrast filter, works with exposure, adds light. A yellow hue appears. Ideal for portraits and landscapes.
Inkwell. A classic universal black and white Instagram filter.
Stinson. Easy universal. Lightens and slightly blurs the colors.
X-Pro II. Adds strong contrast and vignettes. Colors take on warmer hues. Avoid it in close-up portraits: the skin has an unpleasant effect. But it works well with images of nature, the city, and clothing.
Dogpatch. It blurs light shades and increases contrast. Recommended for shots with good lighting: it does not work at night.
Ludwig. Adds temperature to warm colours, cold shades make darker shadows and darker areas more visible. Works with black and white photos, urban landscapes, ideal for buildings.
1977. The name speaks for itself: the filter adds pink and red hues, giving a faded look. Works well with water and glare.
Hudson. She fills the photo with cool shades and adds a light vignette. Works with open space, especially with winter landscapes.
Kelvin. A filter shot gets a lot of sunlight. Bright, rich, gold. It raises the temperature and brightens the image. Suitable for photos with lots of natural or artificial light.
Sierra. Similar to Rise, but darker and overlapping vignettes. The center is brighter. Works well with nature and objects.
Skyline. Use for any images that need to be brightened a little and change colors to brighter ones.
Walden. Corrects the center and adds a cool blue hue to the photo. Looks good in portraits.
Perpetua. The filter does not fit well on portraits, giving the skin an unnatural hue. However, it works well with beach photos, adjusting the green and yellow hues.
Brooklyn. One of the popular filters that works with yellow hues. Photographs taken in an open space benefit markedly from its use.
Amaro. Adds brightness to the center of the shot and vignettes to the edges. Works well with autumn photos.
Hefe. Increases color saturation, temperature, and vignetting. Great for landscapes.
Maven. The filter darkens images, amplifies shadows, and applies yellow hues. It is used for architecture and does not fit well on portraits.
Ginza. A universal filter that brightens the photo.
Willow. Black and white, great for beaches and portraits.
Charmes. Raises the temperature of the shot, adds red hues and increases the contrast. Suitable for dimly lit images and city photos.
Mayfair. Applies vignetting, raises the temperature of flowers. Instagram recommends using it in conjunction with the Lux function (the sun icon at the top), adding light to under-exposed images.
Vesper. Portrait filter: smoothes the skin, adds a yellow hue.
Ashby. Adds a golden glow. Unlike Sierra and Rise, it doesn't obscure the shadows. For portraits.
Helena. It adds warmth to portraits and works perfectly with orange hues in the photo.
Processing photos in the same filter allows you to organize the material and create it in the same style for Instagram.
Photo-processing apps on your phone for Instagram
Bloggers also use mobile apps or computer programs to process photos. Everyone has their own list of tools. Below are all the editors that make it possible to clean up almost any photo.
- Lightroom CC. Available platforms: iOS, Android. Free app from Adobe. The main advantage of the app is color correction. With it, you can easily change shades to better ones. Works with exposure, contrast, light and dark areas. Can add effects: sharpness, haze removal, vignettes, growth, rounding, graininess, and much more. Works with details, reduces noise.
- VSCO. A popular app with a huge number of filters that even bloggers use. Color settings are applied after removing all defects or adding items when most processing is complete.
- Adobe Photoshop Express. Another completely free offer from Adobe for mobile devices on iOS and Android. Additional tools can be obtained by logging into your personal account. Intuitive interface. There are features not included in other editors. It contains about fifty filters, can frame, correct sharpness and sharpness, and eliminates fog. Works with shades and temperature. Not the whole list of tools, but inferior to the computer version.
- Adobe Photoshop Mix. Supported platforms: iOS, Android. Opens PSD files and works with layers. Available: correction, exposure, saturation. It's a long way from the computer version, but some of the tools are taken from it: fixing the architecture, reducing shaking, filling with content.
- Adobe Photoshop Fix. Free app from Adobe. The main chip is a tool called "Plastic," which allows you to tighten your smile, change the size of your eyes, and much more. The app scans the face and highlights areas. Tools: Frame, Correction, Restoration, Smoothing, Light, Color, Paint, Focusing, Vignette. No filters.
- Handy Photo. Supports tonal corrections, removes unnecessary objects from the photo. Functionality: general and selective setting of tone and color, retouching, moving objects between shots, selective application of filters, adding textures, and much more. It costs 189 roubles.
- Facetune. The app works with portraits. Tool "whiten" for white and bright teeth, "soften" for selective light blurring. The details increase the contrast of the selected areas, thus highlighting details and textures. The contour can make you smile, add volume to your hair, and the patch is useful if you need to remove excess blemishes on your face. And even objects.
- Snapseed. A free, powerful app from Google with no ads or pop-ups. In the "Styles" section, you can select a filter, and in the "Tools" section, there are more features. General correction for brightness, contrast, saturation. Curves can be used to change basic colors, and poor lighting can be corrected in the white balance. Can selectively process the area, work with graininess, the HRD effect. Changes the wrong perspective and expands photos by automatically filling in blank areas. It has four types of brushes: dimming and lightening, exposure, temperature, and saturation. The power of their actions can be controlled. Contains templates with beautiful signatures.
- Canva. The app has collected many designs for different social networks. A great tool if you need to put text on a picture, a cloud with an inscription. Transparency settings to create muffiness. Can blur photos, apply vignettes to create a retro atmosphere, and much more.
- Spring Effects. A simple application to adjust the shape. In Facetune, you won't be able to edit photos with patterns in the background. For example, if it is in a stripe, any attempt to reduce the figure will immediately show the wrong outlines. Spring Effects solves this problem easily. There are only two modes in the app: for weight loss and to increase growth. After selecting, two lines will appear on the screen: they need to mark the boundaries of the stretched or compressed area. Press the green button and scale the image to the desired view. In the "Slim" section, the head should be placed in a circle to avoid stretching.
- Zoetropuc-free. Apps for moving photos. Mark static areas (land, people, mountains) and areas in motion (water, hair, leaf). Using the arrows, you can easily create a live shot effect.
Software on a computer to process photos on Instagram
Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom CC are classic Adobe programs that can fix everything from skin pimples to serious breakdowns. Available platforms: Windows, MacOS.
You can try Luminar 2018. The new version of the program is much faster than the previous ones and is positioned as a competitor to Adobe Lightroom CC. Many functions are similar: layers, brushes, masks, distortion removal, vignetting, perspective correction. Advantages: support for color tables (LUT), flexible color and light settings.
We don't cite a lot of computer programs or services here because Instagram is more of a mobile photo and apps can do the job. .; Processing is crucial to transmitting the image's unique atmosphere. Watch others do it, be inspired by the selections, try it yourself. You will certainly learn how to process photos to achieve the intended effect.